Cristina Mittermeier@cristinamittermeier

Co-Founder @SeaLegacy / Photographer / Adventurer at National Geographic / @globalsurvey17 Ambassador for SDG 14: "Life Below Water" / SonyArtisan

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Cristina Mittermeier

One of the reasons I became a photographer was to try and create a bridge between my love for the ocean and my background as a scientist; to tell stories with images that both inspire and inform. The value of scientific research to the future of our world is immeasurable, but it only works when we open up the silos of discovery for everyone to access. Let’s create spaces for dialogue together. Tip #19 in @sealegacy’s #19for2019 is to make science accessible - speak up for and support open science.


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The baobab tree is also known as the tree of life for the wealth of support it provides the people and the animals who live where it grows. We use its leaves in medicines. We make its cork-like bark into baskets and cloth and rope. Bats pollinate the flowers of baobab trees, and sometimes make their homes inside the hollow trunk of the tree. Found in Australia, Africa and Madagascar, these wondrous trees can store hundreds of litres of water - an especially crucial feature in a tree that grows in some of the driest climates on earth. The baobab gives much of itself so that others may live, and when we’re not around such valuable species every day, we can forget sometimes that they exist. Tip #18 in #19for2019 is to respect wildlife and wildlife habitat. Remember that we are all woven together in this life, just like a rope of baobab. #treeoflife #baobab #conservation #TurningTheTide


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For me, the concepts of enoughness and sustainability are intertwined. They are central to the life I aspire to live everyday, and the message I hope to communicate through my photography. Tip #17 is to make your voice count by participating in the Global Survey on Sustainability, link in my bio. As both an ambassador for the Global Survey and a concerned citizen of the world, I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with the world’s leaders today. #SDG14 is all about the oceans and “Life Below Water,” about conserving, protecting and establishing sustainable development of marine resources throughout the world. @globalsurvey17 #19for2019 #17throughoureyes #GlobalSurveySDG #sustainability


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The ocean is a part of all of us. It lives in the fish we eat and in the air we breathe; half of all the oxygen on earth comes from the ocean, and so the ocean flows through us with every breath we take. It also connects us to each other - and that is why tip #16 is to remind you of the power of community. We all live in this crazy, beautiful world together and there is much we can achieve through collaboration. You can help by joining #theTide, or by participating in conservation efforts close to home. Look for people already doing good work and join in. If you run an organization, look for partners. #bethechange #conservation #community #ocean #TurningtheTide #19for2019


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Rainforests like the one in Rwanda where I photographed this gorilla are the most biodiverse places on earth. They are home to more than half of the world's plants and animals species, and are tied to the cultural identities of the indigenous peoples that live there. In the 1950s rainforests covered about 15% of the earth's surface. Today that number is as low as 6%, and everyday we lose more of these precious ecosystems to deforestation and the long arm of industrialization. Tip #15 is to plant more trees. Forests rich and teaming with life are carbon sinks that help pull carbon dioxide out of the air - which would otherwise end up absorbed by the ocean and make them even more acidic. Supporting rainforest conservation is so important. You can make a difference by donating to organizations like @conservationorg. #19for2019 #trees #gorilla #conservation #ocean


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This image is a study in patience at the edge of the sea. I waited on the ice as the Arctic sun dipped below the horizon and the molten gold of sunset saturated the twilight. Knowing that his dogs and his village depend on his aim, Naimanngitsoq Kristiansen, a traditional Inuit hunter, also kept his patient watch, waiting for harp seals or walrus to come near. Naimanngitsoq depends on the seal and the walrus as they depend on the ocean; his ability to hunt can mean the difference between life or death. Patience is a necessary part of that process. When it comes to the conservation of our oceans - taking action is crucial, but it is important also to have patience and to trust that we can make a difference when we move forwards together. Tip #14 is to understand that conservation takes time. It is important to celebrate little wins everyday. #conservation #oceans #patience #celebrate #19for2019


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When I slipped into warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean, I was greeted by a massive whale shark plowing toward me - its gaping mouth scooping invisible tunny fish eggs and plankton just below the water's surface. Despite the overwhelming urge to stroke the gentle giant as it passed, I kept both hands on my camera, cognizant of observing new and much-needed regulations in place to protect these sharks.
This area in Mexico is a feeding ground for hundreds of whale sharks, which draws tourists who want to swim alongside these gentle giants. Recently, new regulations have been implemented in the area to protect whale sharks and educate both tourists and tour operators. Tip #13 for 2019 is to seek out and support local ecotourism practices and companies when traveling.


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Tip #12 for 2019 is to educate and inspire others to follow in your footsteps by showing them the way. This is my son @mickmitty, feeding a giant tortoise during an expedition many years ago. He has grown up to become a world class botanist and plant collector. Know that every time you make a healthy choice for our world, you're making a healthy choice for yourself too. Teach your children to respect and love the natural world, and the world will thank you for it. Raise your kids to have open minds and to be citizens of the world, Teach empathy and tolerance; that is the best investment we can make in the future. As members of #thetide, I hope that you feel empowered to make a difference to the future of our oceans everyday with the changes that you can make at home.


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In 2015, the provincial governor of West Papua laid the groundwork for establishing the world’s first ever “Conservation Province” (Province Konservasi), which would dedicate itself to protecting oceans and territories throughout West Papua, empowering local communities and maintaining sustainable development practices. For three years my friend @shawnheinrichs and @bluespherefoundation worked alongside @conservationorg to ensure the realization of this historic initiative by launching a campaign that engaged more than 25,000 people. Tip #11 in #19for2019 is to make your voice heard, and to trust that you can make a difference. Support causes that are important to you by spreading awareness, signing petitions and making donations where you can.


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Things are not always what they seem. As I swam closer to this friendly group of sperm whales, I noticed with horror that one of them had what looked like a thick rope dangling from its mouth. You can imagine our panic as we surfaced. I shrieked for help, hoping that @_TomConlin, a whale disentanglement expert who was traveling with us would know what to do. Imagine my surprise, when all of a sudden, the thick rope surfaced near us. I am guessing that this thick rope was floating around in the ocean, like so much other discarded fishing gear, and this playful whale picked it up as a toy. I cannot tell you the relief I felt when it simply spat it out. Thankfully, it all worked out, but that got me thinking about how to step up our efforts to get rid of ocean plastics. Follow our friends at @lonelywhale to learn how we all can help tackle this massive challenge. @oceanplastic @lonelywhale @paulnicklen


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The world's oceans - their temperature, chemistry, currents and life - drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals aim to manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.
It will take awareness, followed by action that then becomes new habits and a new way of living. If we all do our part, big and small, we can achieve this goal. Our lives depend on it.
What does sustainability mean to you? What do you want the world to look like in 2030? As an ambassador for the Global Survey, I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the Global Survey, link in my bio, and help accelerate the process of change. Visit @globalsurvey17 to contribute your thoughts.


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Around the world, coastal peoples like this team of fishermen in Ghana, depend on clean oceans as a source of income and food. We must stop the continued pollution of the oceans and help clean up the overwhelming amount of plastic and garbage littering our world. Tip #10 in @sealegacy's #19for2019 is to help alter the future of our oceans, our world, and our children by taking part in a beach clean up near you.


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